did you see what she was wearing? It looked like a couple
of carnies wrestling in colored Saran Wrap. Yes, she made
it herself, she’s been doing it for years—she fancies herself
some kind of designer. She’s even got a Web site. Oh, yes,
she’s very crafty, but I don’t know who she thinks would buy
those rags. Looks like a gypsy’s garage sale. She says she’s
inspired by haute couture, or something; but, I can tell you,
you won’t being seeing any of that stuff at the Gap anytime
soon. And that hair? Tell me, does it have to be actual vegetable
matter to qualify as topiary? What about those shoes? They
were so weird. They were the absolute opposite of sexy: I’d
call those birth-control pumps. It’s no wonder she’s with
Oh, you don’t know? He’s quite a prize. I heard he committed
himself to Staggered Elms for outpatient treatment of—get
this—nervous exhaustion! Exhaustion, as if he does any work.
If he’s tired at all, it’s got to be from nervous days of
self-pleasuring, or something. If she got better shoes, it’d
probably help them both out.
What? Oh, no, he’s a musician—of course. He thinks he’s an
artist. Just an excuse to lie around the house all day and,
well . . . you know. I saw one of his performances—I just
went because she asked me to—and though I’m no psychiatrist,
I would have guessed then that he was addicted to self-pleasure.
Well, because it certainly wasn’t enjoyable for anyone else
in the room. I don’t know, it sounded like someone torturing
cats to a jug-band accompaniment. And he said he’d been working
on that performance for, like, a year. He takes himself so
seriously. God, they’re such a pair. Just perfect little bohemians.
The creative types.
Hold on a sec, let me turn down the TV. I love this show,
but don’t worry—I’ve seen this one before. Oh, it’s that reality
show, The Family Imbecile. You haven’t? You’ve got
to. This family is just hysterical. They’re sooo trashy. They’ve
got this, like, special-needs kid and they’re always fighting
and yelling about what to do with him, ’cause he’s always
messing stuff up because he’s so retarded, right? And the
father’s a narcoleptic, and the wife’s a raging wino; so,
he keeps falling asleep in the middle of her drunken tirades.
She usually ends up waking him by beaning him with an egg-timer
or something. And the daughter’s totally trampy: She’s always
bringing home these greaseball losers—it’s like a running
gag to see what kind of freak she’s with each episode. One
night, she came back alone—but with a black eye. I swear,
it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe how
pathetic this family is. I’ve taped every one of them. I’ll
loan them to you.
Oh, I don’t know. I’ll probably just go shopping or something.
Well, yeah, maybe, what movie? What is that? Is that the one
with . . . oh, with subtitles? No, I don’t think so. I don’t
want to have to read a movie. Oh, with the fighting where
they’re climbing the walls and stuff? Well, that might be
cool. Can I find a trailer online? Yeah, I’ve got it in my
favorites. Oh, have you seen the Rate My Spouse site? You’ll
never believe who turned up there. You saw it? Isn’t that
hysterical? What were they thinking? And he got all dressed
up. How lame. Did you see the “mongoloid” comment? Yeah, that
was me! Yes, I’m totally serious! I do that all the time.
Anytime you see comments from “Judge Judy”, that’s me. Oh,
I know, I love that show, too.
Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to watch local courts? And see
people you know? Well, yeah, I know, but I mean on TV. And
you could comment and vote from home. That’d be so funny.
I’d be suggesting the death sentence for people: “Forget the
DWI, she’s too ugly to live.”
What? No, no, no. That’s all taken care of. Well, no, I mean,
the court part is over and everything. I’ve just got to finish
the course. It’s so stupid. I wasn’t even technically drunk,
and now I’ve got to sit in this classroom with a bunch of
losers for another six weeks before I can even apply for my
license again. It was just a guardrail, for God’s sake. And
the people in the class are so dumb. You have to take this
test about your drinking habits, right? If you fail, you fail
the course and you’ve got to go to, like, rehab. And the questions
are so obvious, it’s so easy to give the right answers, you
know? You just lie: “Of course I can stop drinking after just
one drink.” But, if you can believe it, people still failed.
You didn’t tell anyone else about that did you? Because nobody
else knows, all right? No, I know you wouldn’t, but, seriously,
don’t tell anybody else. People are always shooting their
He did? This is, what the third time? Well, he’s got a serious
problem. That’s clear. He’s always been a screw-up, even when
he was a kid, remember? Oh, yeah, his sister was telling me
that he was still a bedwetter when he was, like, 13, which
was right around the time their dad left. If I had a 13-year-old
bedwetter, I might leave too. You didn’t know that? I thought
everybody knew that. You did? When was that? You mean like
a dinner-and-a-movie kind of thing? Oh, my God. You didn’t!
Were you drunk? Oh, my God. No, no, don’t worry, I won’t.
Yes, I promise.
But do you know what else his sister told me? You’re going
to freak out, totally—but, remember, you didn’t hear it from